Taylor overwhelmed by support as homecoming takes place

A public ceremony to welcome home Team Ireland has taken place in Dublin city centre.

Torrential rain in the capital has impacted on the turnout but over 5,000 have braved the weather to cheer the Olympians on.

Ireland had its best Olympic performance in almost 60 years, taking home five medals - one gold, one silver and three bronze.

The biggest cheer from the crowd was for Bray boxer Katie Taylor, who said she had been overwhelmed by the level of support since coming back from London on Monday.

"It's been incredible the last few days. We want to thank everybody for all their support.

"Hopefully some young girls coming up will be better than me and hopefully there are future Olympic champions out there now."

Meanwhile, Team Ireland's Chef de Mission Sonia O'Sullivan said London 2012 had been an incredible experience.

She said she hoped Ireland's success in the games would help build for the future: "I think I probably became a bit attached to this team, we spent quite a bit of time together.

"You don't realise it as you're going along that you're making a lot of friends and you're becoming like family.

"It's a bit sad to be saying goodbye, especially after a very good Games. It was brilliant but hopefully we can build for the future."

The athletes also visited European Union House ahead of the public welcome event on Dawson Street.

"We are delighted to welcome the Irish athletes in European Union House," said Timothy Hayes from the European Commission. "It is a great pleasure to meet Olympians as we share in some respect the same goals. For athletes, as for Europe, it is essential to have a team spirit and show solidarity and fair play to be successful."

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